LAUNCH OF THE ADULT LIVING GUIDELINES!
Download CIICA’s summary of the Living Guidelines and use them for your advocacy activities.
Less than 1 in 10 of those who are deaf and could benefit from a cochlear implant (CI) have access globally. CIICA was delighted that our Chair Leo De Raeve was Co-Chair of The Task Force and to provide the CI user and family voice to the Living Guidelines Project through our Conversations. The project has developed evidence based living practice guidelines that can be adapted and adopted in country, in order to optimise the lifelong care for adults eligible for CI. These guidelines have been painstakingly developed through a systematic review by a dedicated team of researchers, audiologists, clinicians, and cochlear implant users, bridging the gaps between cutting-edge science, real-world application, and the lived experiences of CI users.
It is hoped the Living Guidelines for adult cochlear implantation will help at addressing the needs of adults experiencing hearing loss and provide a comprehensive roadmap towards cochlear implantation. Download the full Recommendations here – PDF
The Recommendations and Good Practice Statements
- Hearing, Screening and Assessment
- Referral (for hearing healthcare evaluation/management)
- Specialist Evaluation
- Patient Outcomes and Measures
You can find more about the process of development and the complete Recommendations at https://adulthearing.com/standards-of-care/
Lee Schoushkoff, CEO of the Pindrop Foundation says, “As we continue championing hearing restoration advancements, the Living Guidelines for Adult Cochlear Implantation will be a vital resource in helping to address the crucial and significant unmet need in adults who are potential candidates for cochlear implants. We hope the Living Guidelines will pave the way for better knowledge dissemination, informed decision-making, and streamlined implantation procedures, ultimately promoting healthier, more fulfilling lives for adults experiencing hearing loss.”
Leo De Raeve, Chair of the Cochlear Implant International Community of Action (CIICA) and Co-Chair of The Task Force says, “The Living Guidelines are essential in advocacy work for cochlear implants in adults. They were developed through a systematic literature review and the involvement of users and families through CIICA. The Living Guidelines are essential to increase awareness, access, provision, outcomes, and lifelong aftercare and can be seen as a guide for advocacy to improve the experience and usefulness of cochlear implants for adults. I was delighted for CIICA to be involved in the project and look forward to using them globally to change CI services.”